1st Edition

Ambitious Heights Writing, Friendship, Love – The Jewsbury Sisters, Felicia Hemans, and Jane Welsh Carlyle

By Norma Clarke Copyright 1990
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    How did the Victorian woman cope with the image of herself as a writer?

    What were the constraints on female friendships in a world centred on the pre-eminence of the husband?

    How significant for an ambitious woman were her politics about men?

    At the heart of this book, originally published in 1990, is a friendship between two women: Jane Carlyle and the novelist Geraldine Jewsbury. But it was a difficult friendship, and in its difficulty lies much that is illuminating: about nineteenth-century domestic ideology; about writing for a market, and female fame; and about the complex ambivalences between women.

    Examining aspects of their lives, writing, and relationships, alongside those of two other writers – Felicia Hemans and Geraldine’s sister, Maria Jane – Norma Clarke provides a subtle and illuminating discussion of the possibilities that were open to women in the Victorian age.

    List of illustrations, Acknowledgements, Introduction, 1. Contrary to Custom, 2. The Pride of Literature, 3. Dragoon Kinds of Women, 4. Difficulties and Danger, 5. Work, 6. The Comforts of Others, 7. Of the Female Persuasion, 8. Telling Truths, Appendix, Notes, Further Reading, Index


    Norma Clarke